Opportunity Alert: La Follette Food Pantry Club
By Zella Milfred
A new La Follette Food Pantry Club will begin this fall to address hunger in our community, while simultaneously developing student leaders and volunteers. “If you’re interested in social justice, food insecurity, social media, communications, volunteering, and meeting new people, please join our club,” LHS grad Danielle Wendricks said.
At La Follette, food insecurity is a prevalent issue. According to state officials, 54% of students in MMSD qualify for free or reduced lunch.
Wendricks played a lead role in creating the school’s Key Harvest Food Pantry as a student in 2016, and now returns to La Follette as an adviser to the new club. Through virtual meetings, members will help support the existing food relief effort in Madison and learn how to volunteer for the right reasons. “We will spend the beginning of the year really focusing on student leadership, and discuss social issues and really learn about the systems of food pantries and food insecurity. With this knowledge, we will be able to better serve our LHS families when it is safe to open the in-school food pantry,” Wendricks said.
Members will hear from guest speakers, and get the opportunity to reflect on privilege, power and self identity in a public service context.